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Piazza San Francesco

This square used to be the churchyard of San Francesco, or the church cemetery. It was with Napoleon that the municipal cemetery was established, the only one for the whole city, and which exploited the former convent of the Carthusians (the Certosa), outside Bologna, near the Reno Canal, expropriated and suppressed by the government controlled by Napoleon himself.

Even the church and the convent of San Francesco were subject to suppression and expropriation, and the churchyard ceased to be the churchyard, the tombs removed and the clearing was only a lawn. 

Piazza San Francesco is now one of the city's meeting places par excellence, overlooked by the streets of Pratello, Borghetto and De Marchi. And where also the basilica of San Francesco overlooks, a church with a very long and troubled story, the first ever built in honor of the saint only ten years after his death. The church still preserves the famous tombs of the Glossatori: three majestic arks dedicated to the illustrious professors of the University in the middle ages.



Podere Riosto, 4U

In the basement of Villa Casalino is the ancient cellar which today, after a careful renovation, is used by the Galletti Franceschini family for the aging of red wines in barriques and oak barrels.

The focus of the winery is on still and sparkling white wines in which it is possible to obtain the maximum expression of the varietal characteristics of Pignoletto, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. For the red wines, which find particular expression in the Riosto area, an experimentation was also carried out on the indigenous wine which took the name of Vite del Fantini.

4U is a blend of 3 grapes: Vite del Fantini, Merlot, Barbera, with steel tank refermentation.

Delicate and fine, floral, with sensations of Marasca cherry, mature plum and red berries.
Fine and pleasant, acidity hidden by great smoothness, wine of easy drinkability, persistent and stimulating.


Pier Vittorio Tondelli, Altri Libertini

"The sea, the sea! I can't stop here, I have my scent to follow, I have to run, the highway is waiting for me. "

Altri Libertini (other libertines) had an adventurous life from the beginning: published in 1980, withdrawn for obscenities and then acquitted by the court, was then judged by critics as one of the best works of that period and imposed Tondelli among the new Italian authors. In describing the book, Tondelli preferred to use the definition of "episodic novel". Each story, while remaining narratively self-sufficient, actually finds its fulfillment in a unity that "has as a common thread the experience of the young people of the seventies among trips to Amsterdam and London, drugs, student struggles, search for one's own identity, utopias of freedom". The six episodes, taken as a whole, therefore define a real plural subjectivity, a narrative We that makes this novel an authentic generational portrait.

In the background of the wild fauna that moves in the pages of Tondelli there is the restlessness of the Bolognese student environment, which opposes the 'realism' of the bourgeoisie and the resignation of the underclass with a vitalism that is not heroic, but uninhibited and contagious. 

May 2022

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